Adding a visual element to your story-telling will help children process the information that they are receiving. A good visual aid accentuates the meaning of Scripture without adding to it or causing the children’s minds to veer off into a different direction.
Before using any visual aid make certain that you have first read what the Bible has to say. If you have read the Scripture and then outlined the Bible story then you will be more likely to use any visual aid in a way that best conveys the original meaning.
Here are a few different ways to tell a Bible story:
Costumed Story Teller:
Dress up as one of the story characters and tell the story from that character’s point of view. Your costume might be as simple as a veil made from towel or pillowcase that you place on your head with a man’s tie for a headband. You could also let the children take turns being the characters for review. Click here for instructions for simple costumes.
Use a hand puppet to tell or review the story from a different point of view. For example, tell the story of the fiery furnace from Daniel’s point of view or from the guard’s point of view.
Finger Puppets (actual finger tips):
Use a pen to draw a simple face on your finger(s). Use this as a puppet to tell the story or ask the children review questions. You could also “dress up” the character with a small cloth for a veil or man’s head-dress. You could use a rubber-band as a head band.
Finger Puppets (made from a glove):
Cut off the fingers of an old pair of gloves and decorate. Directions at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Finger-Puppets
Finger Puppets (made from paper):
Draw a simple face on the underside of a plastic spoon and use them to tell the story. One spoon for each character in the story.
Alternatively, attach paper puppets to the back of a spoon and use them to tell the story. Instructions at https://missionbibleclass.wordpress.com/bright-ideas/visual-aids/finger-puppets/
Draw and Tell (the children draw their own visual aids):
Before class plan how you will divide the story into “scenes”. Mark off that many numbered squares (or any shapes) on a paper so that children will be able to draw the appropriate number of scenes. In class, as you tell the story, ask the children to draw something in each box. For example: Scene 1-Joseph lived in Egypt so draw a picture of something you might see in Egypt (like pyramids or mummies). Scene 2-Joseph was Pharaoh’s special helper and he wore Pharaoh’s ring (draw a hand with a ring on it) etc. You will need to do a trial run before class so that you will be prepared for this. For fun you can do this same exercise on a chalkboard, on big sheets of newsprint, on the footpath/sidewalk with chalk, in the sand or with any other surface or materials at your disposal. Instructions at https://missionbibleclass.wordpress.com/bright-ideas/visual-aids/draw-and-tell-visual-aids-made-by-children/
Paper Dolls for Pre-Schoolers and young children:
You can print out paper dolls and then create various bible characters by adding hair, clothes, shoes and a number of other props. All of these can be printed out from the website makingfriends.com. If they are printed out on thick paper and then taped to the side of an upturned paper cup or empty toilet roll then they become stand-up figures.
Presentations and Flip Charts Using Microsoft Power Point:
Use your computer to make your own flip chart or presentation. Click here to see what I mean.
Puzzles for Teaching:
Cut a picture into pieces so that the children can put it back together again like a puzzle. Or tell the story using the puzzles.
Click here to learn how.
Draw simple characters from the Bible Story and attach them to upturned paper or plastic cups. These characters can be used to “act out” the story. Click here for instructions.